I have the following:

  • An HCL beanstalk desktop
  • HP 6910 laptop
  • HP docking station
  • TFT monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

How do I connect all these so that I can use the same monitor, keyboard and mouse?


2 Answers 2


You could use Synergy: a software-based KVM over IP. It works great and is cross platform.

Synergy lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk, and it's Free and Open Source. Just move your mouse off the edge of one computer's screen on to another. You can even share all of your clipboards. All you need is a network connection. Synergy is cross-platform (works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux).

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    they moved to synergy-foss.org ;)
    – udo
    May 28, 2011 at 11:50
  • I used to use the SF project Win2Vnc, it did the exact same thing and I loved it, it appears to have stopped development so this synergy looks like a good replacement. Mar 21, 2012 at 16:43

You need a hardware KVM switch. With that you can use a keyboard, video (monitor) and mouse with multiple devices.

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    Otherwise known as a KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch.
    – ChrisF
    May 28, 2011 at 10:16

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